Breezier Lau Pa Sat sees brisk business
THE revamped Lau Pa Sat attracted a huge crowd on its reopening yesterday.
The food centre was better ventilated, with at least 80 per cent of the stalls open for business, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
More than 2,000 of the 2,500 seats were filled during lunch.
The food centre closed in September for a two-month renovation, but there were repeated delays, which food-court operator Kopitiam blamed on "permit issues" and the scale of the project.
To increase the seating capacity by 460 to 2,500 seats, the renovated food centre now has 54 food stalls, down from the previous 90, Wanbao reported.
Customers who were there yesterday said that ventilation has improved.
"The old Lau Pa Sat was much hotter and the seats were smaller," said a regular, who wanted to be known as Mr Lee. "Now, the ventilation is good and the seats are spacious."
Lai Cheng Rong, 71, a resident in the area, said: "Lau Pa Sat's food prices are comparable to those in the area, it's still acceptable. The new (centre) is also cleaner, and there are more seats."